Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 21, 2013

Business in Brief: 07/21/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Paralegal meet, greet

TRAVERSE CITY — The State Bar of Michigan Paralegal/Legal Assistant section will host a meet and greet event on Aug. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, 101 N. Park St., Suite 100.

The event is open to both members and non-members of the section and will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet members of the section council, connect with local paralegals and enjoy free appetizers and beverages.

Reservations can be made by e-mailing Cheryl Nodarse at


Detroit Metro hub gets new name, CEO

ROMULUS — A plan to transform land around Detroit Metropolitan Airport into a logistical hub has a new name and its first chief executive.

Tim Keyes was named Thursday as CEO of the effort now being called VantagePort. The original name of the initiative launched in 2009 was Aerotropolis.

An aerotropolis is a collection of transportation-dependent businesses that cluster around a major transit hub, such as an airport.

Communities in southeast Michigan have talked for years about developing an aerotropolis around Metro Airport.

Keyes is the former economic director of Romulus. He takes over starting July 1.

He’ll be in charge of the plan officials hope will attract tens of thousands of jobs and pump billions in investment into the region. His salary will be $125,000 a year, paid by taxpayers.


Man donates building to school district

LEXINGTON — A businessman has donated a 40,000-square-foot building to a Port Huron-area school district.

Ken Wilhelm is giving the building that used to house Fraser Manufacturing Corp. to Croswell-Lexington Community Schools.

The company made weapon mounts. It closed in May because Wilhelm and his father were ready to retire.

The building sits across the street from Frostick Elementary in Lexington.

The building will be used as a maintenance and storage facility for the district. Having it will allow officials to clean out classrooms that were used for storage.


Monster High latest Barbie threat

NEW YORK — As far as catfights go, this one is a doozy.

Barbie, long the reigning queen in the doll world, has suddenly been thrust into the battle of her life. But Barbie’s competitors look nothing like the blue-eyed, blond-haired, long-legged fashion icon.

And they don’t have the same baggage and old standards of beauty either. They’re Mattel’s Monster High dolls, vampy teens that are patterned off the offspring of monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein, have neon pink and green streaks in their hair. They’re the latest doll craze threatening 54-year-old Barbie’s No. 1 throne.